Archbishop Jovan (John) VI

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Letter of support from the Holy Mount of Athos to the Orthodox Ohrid Archbishopric

Filed under: General — July 20, 2012 @ 11:43 am

Holy Community
Of the Holy Mount of Athos

Protocol nr. F. 2/5β/1770 Karyes, 26.6/9.7.2012

Round seal: Seal of the Protaton of the Holy Community of Mount Athos

To: His Eminence David
Bishop of Stobi and
Administrator of Strumitsa

In Skopje

To Your Godhonored Eminence,
We are addressing you piously in the Lord

With profound pain the Holy Community of the Holy Mount of Athos has received the information through your announcement nr. 133/28.5.2012, as well as the subsequent notification of Abbess Kirana and her sisterhood, in regard to the initiated uncaused and unprecedented persecution against You, Bishop Mark, Abbess Kirana, nun Olimpiada, priest-monks Mojsej and Irinej, nuns Magdalina and Pelagia, as well as against a large number of Your relatives and friends, adhering in that way, to the years-long unceasing persecutions against His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan of Ohrid and Metropolitan of Skopje.

Through this letter of ours, sealed by the whole Holy Community, we wish in the name of all Hagiorites to express our heartily grief and support to You personally, as well as to the abovementioned suppressed members of Your Church, both clergymen and lay people.

We know, Your Eminence, the difficult position, in which the Holy Archbishopric and her faithful people are now found, following the latest imprisonment of His Beatitude Archbishop Jovan, hence we fully understand Your pain, due to the execution of the unjust persecutions, harassments and the uncaused attacks you are going through.

We also ask you to encourage yourselves in the firm conviction that the persecutions and the sufferings which you are undergoing for the unity and the canonical order of the Church, will bring you great reward from the Rightly-judging Lord, when He will give to everyone according to his deeds. Endure all that with patience and gratefulness “and when the chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the unfading crown of glory“, because His words through the mouth of the Apostle are true: “if we have died with him, we will also live with him; if we endure, we will also reign with him”.

In that way, You should, for the benefit of the clergy and the lay people of the Holy Archbishopric of Ohrid, but also for the benefit of the Whole Church, remain a worthy of emulation example of purification and self-sacrifice until the end, for the unity of the Church.

Fervently mentioning Your names before the present icon “Axion Esti” we pray that the Protectoress of our holynamed Place gives You deliverance from the present thorny temptations and that She comforts You with her Godmother grace, covering You all under her hood, thus bestowing the much awaited peace and unity of Your tormented Church.

Alongside, we ask You to share our humble prayers and support to the rest of the Hierarchs, priest-monks, nuns as well as faithful people of Your jurisdiction, and asking for your godconvincing blessing, we remain with due respect.

All Representatives and Prelates,
who are in the Community of the
Twenty Holy Monasteries of the Holy Mount of Athos


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